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Chef Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61 From Suicide

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Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France on Friday, June 8 by close friend and French chef, Eric Ripert, according to CNN.

The cause of death for celebrity chef and CNN’s “Parts Unknown” host Anthony Bourdain has been revealed.

According to the prosecutor of Colmar in France’s Alsace region, Bourdain hanged himself in the bathroom of his French hotel room.

Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told The Associated Press on Saturday that the famed chef and host of the CNN series “Parts Unknown” used the belt of his hotel bathrobe to commit suicide on Friday, June 8.

The prosecutor said toxicology tests were being carried out, including urine tests, to see if Bourdain took any medications, to try to help his family understand if anything led him to kill himself.

Bourdain’s girlfriend, Italian actress Asia Argento, said in another statement, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine,” Argento tweeted Friday.

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Both were filming an upcoming episode of Bourdain’s award-winning show.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

“Tony was an exceptional talent,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in an email to employees. “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it.”

Bourdain transformed his popularity of as a best-selling author and celebrity chef into TV stardom through his programs on the Travel Channel and CNN, where “Parts Unknown” has been one of the network’s most popular series since it was launched in 2013.

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Bourdain’s first book, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In the Culinary Underbelly” was a major sensation in 2000 for revealing the secrets of the restaurant business and his own personal struggles as he made his way to the top of the culinary industry.